PPG Industries Inc. was founded in 1883 in Pittsburgh, USA. As a global manufacturing enterprise, it produces and sells coatings, glass, fiber glass, and chemicals and holds a leading position in the above areas. Up to now, PPG has set up 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates that employ approximately 34000 employees in more than 20 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG has been listed on Fortune 500 for 51 years and is the world’s leading manufacturer of transportation coatings including automotive coatings, aerospace coatings; as well as the world’s leading manufacturer of architectural, industrial and packaging coatings. Each year, PPG invests millions of dollars in developing products, processes, and the newest technology to meet the market requirements. PPG is one of the few publicly traded companies to pay its shareholders dividends continually since 1899, and has paid increased shares to shareholders for 37 consecutive years. PPG boasts of not just first class products but also unique cooperate culture which prides its employees. According to Fortune, PPG ranked No. 1 in the “Global Most Admired”, chemical industries in 2004.
PPG is also one of the few global coatings companies that first invested in China in the 1980s. In China, PPG produces and sells eight major products, including automotive coatings, industrial coatings, automotive refinishing coatings, packaging coatings, aerospace coatings, architectural coatings, marine coatings, and fiber glass. PPG has seven manufacturing plants combined in Tianjin, Suzhou, Kunshan, Zibo, and trading companies, offices, labs and training centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. So far in China PPG has invested more than USD300 million and has more than 2,700 employees; in the Asia-Pacific region, the number of employees is 7874.
In China, the main customers of PPG Automotive coatings include GM, GE, Mercedes-Benz, Dongfeng Citroen, Dongfeng Peugeot, Chery, and Hainan Mazda. Nearly all auto manufacturers use PPG automotive coatings and technology. PPG Automotive Refinish ranks No. 1 in China auto refinish and passenger car markets. In 2005, 70% of China’s more than 200,000 police wagons were refinished by PPG professional auto paints. As for packaging coatings, PPG provides coatings to such well-known international and domestic companies including Coca Cola, Pepsi, Lulu and Wangwang. PPG provides aerospace coatings to customers including Boeing, Air China, Southern Air and China Eastern. Air China is using PPG coatings for the three 2008 Olympics aircraft and China Eastern plans to use PPG coatings for its 2010 World Expo aircraft.
In addition, PPG provides industrial coatings to various companies including Haier, Nokia, Motorola, Whirlpool and Dell. PPG architectural coatings are widely used in many well-known structures including those in Tian Anmen Square and the flag post, Beijing Oriental Plaza, Beijing International Exhibition Center, Beijing International Airport, the Shanghai Jinmao Building, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Tianjin Jinhuang Building and Taida Building.
PPG’s fiber glass business entered China’s marketplace in the 1980s and established manufacturing sites in Taiwan Jiayi, Jiangsu Kunshan and Shandong Zibo. In March 2006, the world’s largest fiber glass furnace, costing $120 million, was put to production in Kunshan, boasting more than 70 thousands tons of output. In 2006, PPG invested jointly with Sinoma in Zibo to launch a fiber glass plant that will have more than 200,000 tons of annual output. A research-and-development (R&D) center in Suzhou is being planned to support PPG customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
PPG’s fiber glass business has nine world-wide manufacturing sites, four R&D centers and a network of sales and technical support professionals. It manufactures continuous-strand fiber glass products which include chopped strand, direct draw, yarn, assembled roving and rolled goods. These products are used in a wide range of applications in the transportation, energy, construction and electronic markets and in many other industries.
In R&D, PPG invests millions of dollars each year to develop, improve products, process and technologies to adapt to the new markets. Thirty-five percent of the company’s sales are from products that are less than four years old. Since 1996, PPG has received 6 R&D 100 Award presented by R&D Magazine for the most significant technology-related new products and processes.
Some significant achievements in R&D include:
–pioneered cationic electrodeposition automotive primers that have virtually eliminated rust
–developed barrier coatings to improve product shelf life and retain carbonation in beverages bottled in plastics
–introduced plastic photochromic eyewear lenses that automatically darken in sunlight
–formulated key pharmaceutical intermediates used for the critical treatment of life-threatening diseases
–introduced revolutionary insulated glass technology for residential doors and windows
–commercialized the world’s first powder clear-coat finish for cars
–developed resin-compatible fiber glass yarn for the electronics industryPPG Industries
2 Nov 2021
PPG completes COLORFUL COMMUNITIES project at Guardian Angel Autism Rehabilitation Center in Tianjin, China
TIANJIN, China, Nov. 2, 2021 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) recently announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project at Guardian Angel Autism Rehabilitation Center in Tianjin, China. The project brought together nearly 40 volunteers from PPG’s Tianjin site, who spent nearly 150 hours revitalizing and beautifying the center’s interior.
28 Oct 2021
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PPG (NYSE:PPG) announced that three of its innovative coatings technologies have earned 2021 R&D® 100 Awards: PPG BFP-SE Battery Fire Protection, PPG ENVIROCRON™ Extreme Protection thermally conductive powder coatings, and PPG HI-TEMP® 1027 HD coating.
27 Oct 2021
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 27, 2021 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Oriental Silicas Corporation (OSC), which is a leading producer of silicas, sodium silicate and factice products. As part of the agreement, Taiwan-based OSC of Greater China will be a sales representative for select grades of PPG silica products used by tire manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific region.
22 Oct 2021
• Record third quarter net sales of nearly $4.4 billion, about 19% higher than prior year
13 Oct 2021
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- PPG (NYSE:PPG) recently announced the appointment of Vincent Robin to vice president, global automotive coatings, effective November 1. Robin, who currently serves as president, Asia Pacific region and vice president, automotive coatings, Asia, will continue to report to Rebecca Liebert, PPG executive vice president, and will join the company’s operating committee.
16 Sep 2021
PPG introduces new SIGMA SAILADVANCE NX coating, delivering significant antifouling technology breakthrough
AMSTERDAM, Sept. 16, 2021 – PPG (NYSE: PPG) recently announced the launch of PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCETM NX coating, which is the latest addition to the successful PPG Sigma Sailadvance range and a significant breakthrough in antifouling technology.
9 Sep 2021
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PPG (NYSE: PPG) recently announced that it will begin a phased launch of PPG LINQ™ – its revolutionary, new end-to-end digital solution for global automotive refinish customers.
26 Aug 2021
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 26, 2021 – After a year of stay-at-home orders and too few IRL (in-real-life) moments in 2020, homeowners, designers, architects and facility managers are craving authenticity, nature and meaningful human interaction after living in a mostly digital world. Today, PPG introduced its 2022 Color of the Year: Olive Sprig (PPG1125-4) – an elegant, grounded, versatile and highly-adaptable grey-green, this color represents regrowth in a post-pandemic world, mimicking nature’s resiliency.
16 Aug 2021
TIANJIN, China, Aug. 13, 2021 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project at TEDA Nursery School in Tianjin, China. The project brought together nearly 30 volunteers from PPG’s Tianjin site, who spent almost 60 hours revitalizing and beautifying the school’s exterior.
6 Aug 2021
PPG Recognized for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Practices; Named to FTSE4Good Index Series for Third Consecutive Year
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PPG (NYSE:PPG) recently announced that it has been named to the FTSE4Good Index Series for the third consecutive year. The index measures the performance of companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.
28 Jun 2021
SHANGHAI, June 28, 2021 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the launch of its 2021 University Talent Power Program in China. Through its continuing partnership with non-profit organizations Give2Asia and Live2Give, the company will invest more than RMB 1 million (approximately US$150,000) in PPG Career Intelligence Class events at 15 Chinese universities and a scholarship program at 10 of the schools.